Dioxins, a collective term for a group of environmental contaminants that includes certain dioxin, furan, and dioxin-like PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) congeners, are found throughout the world. Dioxins and furans are released into the air from combustion processes. The wide use of PCBs as dielectric and coolant fluids in the past has resulted in their presence in the environment. FDA has been monitoring specific foods with the goal of identifying ways to reduce dietary exposure to dioxin.
For more information:
- Dioxin Analysis Results/Exposure Estimates June 2006; Updated November 2007
- Dioxins: FDA Strategy for Monitoring, Method Development, and Reducing Human Exposure February 7, 2002
- Guidance for Industry: Possible Dioxin/PCB Contamination of Drug and Biological Products August 1999